'Descent' Director to Helm Starz Pirate Pilot

Haven't had your fill of buccaneer booty from the Disney "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series? Worry no more, as not only are Starz and Michael Bay teaming up to produce a pirate-centric series for the network, but they have also snagged an accomplished feature director to captain the ship.

Neil Marshall

Deadline reports that writer-director Neil Marshall has signed to direct "Black Sails," an eight-episode series to air on the premium network in early 2014. The series was created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine and will be executive produced by Michael Bay. It revolves around the adventures of fabled buccaneer Captain Flint and his men some 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island."

Marshall rose to prominence with the sleeper horror films "Dog Soldiers" and "The Descent," and most recently made his television directing debut helming the Blackwater episode of HBO's smash hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones." The entire second season of the series built to the Battle of Blackwater, and Marshall did not disappoint with arguably one of the best episodes of the series with an incredible battle sequence centered on an invading pirate fleet laying siege to the Lannister-occupied castle. The director is also currently developing two features: "Hellfest" for Gale Ann Hurd's Valhalla and CBS Films and "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" for Phoenix Pictures and Millenium.

What other classic tales of the sea are adaptable for the small screen?

- Michael Bay
- starz

Written by: kyleiam
Aug 29th, 2012, 7:56 am

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